Reader’s Letter: Cars and Criminals Kill People

POSTED: 04/13/11 12:11 PM

Dear Editor,

St. Maarten and the Netherlands are two of the most difficult places in the world to get a gun permit yet the Netherlands gave a known criminal gun permits while no law-abiding citizen at the shopping centre had a gun or gun permit to stop this crazed criminal – 24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis – from killing so many people.

Van der Vlis used an assault rifle in the shopping centre massacre. No assault weapon permits are ever given to private citizens in the Netherlands.

On Queen’s day in 2009 another crazed Dutch man killed five and injured thirteen people when he hurtled at high speed towards an open-top bus carrying Queen Beatrix. When will St. Maarten and the Dutch ban cars?

We hear some of our elected officials coming out for more gun control. For their information, we have some of the strictest gun control laws in the world, yet just like drugs, illegal guns are everywhere on St. Maarten. Our question is: Why would you need guns to protect yourselves and no one else should have a weapon? Does this not sound like the plantation mentality to you? What‘s good for me is not good for you?

Just a few months ago one of my friends overheard our ex-governor bragging to one of his friends that while he was in office, he issued no gun permits. While this same ex-governor was in office illegal gun crime quadrupled, and he also has a gun permit even though he does not know the difference between a Smith & Wesson 45 and Glock 17.

Cars and criminals kill more people than guns. When will we ban cars and keep the criminals locked up?

Peter Gunn

 

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